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Facebook Messenger evolves: here’s what it means for music

As predicted, Facebook announced plans yesterday to turn its Facebook Messenger app into a bona-fide platform for external developers, while also confirming that the messaging app now has 600 million monthly active users.
(Or, to channel Xzibit: ‘Yo dawg, Facebook heard you like messaging apps, so it put some more messaging apps in your messaging app’.)

It’s a strategy that makes sense, given the similar platforms and developer communities being developed by the likes of WeChat, Line and KakaoMusic in Asia.

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Music Mastermind raises more money for Zya music creation app

Digital music startup Music Mastermind has raised another $11.4m in VC funding for its Zya music creation platform, while revealing plans to take it mobile through a deal with apps publisher Chillingo.

Due out this summer, the iOS app will let people make new music out of familiar hits, armed with licensing deals with Universal, Sony and other rightsholders.

“We’ve poured our hearts into making Zya not just a game, but a new way for people to experience the joy of making music,” says CEO Matt Serletic.

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Music Ally Report : Platform power‏

In this week’s report: – Our lead asks whether the future of online music might rest in the hands of just five companies. Is Spotify about to become a ‘power platform’? – Our feature interview is with Jason Herskowitz, Tomahawk – one of the most interesting and disruptive new services in the market. Not heard […]

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